WBEZ | Concerts http://www.wbez.org/tags/concerts Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en This New Year's Eve, stay home and vicariously crash a local televised party http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/new-years-eve-stay-home-and-vicariously-crash-local-televised-party <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2174291170_1bd0cd28a4.jpg" title="Flickr/Yuan2003" /></div><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.31332960131054466" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&ldquo;New Year&#39;s Eve is for young people,&rdquo; is my newest motto, because the idea of putting on dress-up clothes (after eating for a week), going out and drinking a lot (after drinking for a week) and staying up til midnight (my god!) is clearly for the kids. Of course, this is said tongue-in-cheek, as I do have some NYE plans and, more obviously, if you&rsquo;ll turn on any local NYE coverage you&rsquo;ll see that NYE is actually for the old (&ldquo;old&rdquo; meaning &ldquo;older than I am.&rdquo;)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">No matter where I spend NYE, part of the tradition is turning on one of the local stations and making fun of the concert, concertgoers, newscasters and camerawork from a station here in town. It began many years ago at a dinner party at my friend Sarah&rsquo;s house, where we switched on the Navy Pier concert and saw that the blandish band Train was playing for the benefit of the middle-aged contemporary rock partiers who were going to tear it up since they had all gotten babysitters for the night. Sarah kept up the party for about five years and every year we joked that Train was playing again. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After my husband proposed to me on New Year&rsquo;s Eve in 2007, our tradition has been to stay in that night, either with people over or not, and out of tradition, we check the local coverage to see if Train is still playing. I am pretty sure they are not, but there is still a version of the Train concert going on every NYE. Last year we had people over and focused in on Channel 5&rsquo;s coverage, which appeared to be a sparsely-attended live show at a small theater in Rogers Park. The cameraman must have stepped outside for a cigarette break or something, because it looked like he had just set up the camera on a tripod and walked away, as people milled around in front of the camera, danced listlessly just in-frame or drunkenly groped each other in the middle distance.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The best part, though, was Channel 7&rsquo;s coverage, as Mark Giangreco and Janet Davies covered yet another local shindig. I don&rsquo;t want to say that Mark was drunk, but he definitely seemed festive. He made a few slightly off-color jokes that I wish I could remember, because there were a few &ldquo;Did he really just say that?&rdquo; moments, and Mark planted a big enthusiastic kiss on Janet at midnight. We rewound and rewatched the moment more than once. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So, if you&rsquo;re like me and too old to go out on NYE but are young enough to ironically watch things and make fun of them, turn off Ryan Seacrest or Anderson Cooper and give local coverage a try. If you look closely, you might actually see something spontaneous and funny, unlike the tightly-controlled parties you see on the national stage. &nbsp;And I&rsquo;m aware that I&rsquo;m pretty much a jerk for doing this. After all, how cool can I be? I may not be dancing badly on live TV &nbsp;to Train, but I am also home on New Year&rsquo;s Eve. So who really wins in this scenario? (A: Mark Giangreco and Train.)</span></p></p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/new-years-eve-stay-home-and-vicariously-crash-local-televised-party Minutes From SXSW 2011: Tuesday Videos http://www.wbez.org/story/all-songs-considered-blog/2011-03-16/minutes-sxsw-2011-tuesday-videos-83810 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ritter_boilen_custom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I will attempt to capture one minute video clips of every band I see at <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/sxsw/">SXSW</a>. I may fail: It's Tuesday and though this year's music festival hasn't officially started, the streets are already overflowing with people and it's crazy.</p><p>The airport was filled with musicians, I met <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/124211874/smith-westerns">Smith Westerns</a> at the baggage claim. My official day started by interviewing <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14949474">Josh Ritter</a> about his soon to be published novel <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CDUQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fjoshritter.com%2F2011%2F03%2F03%2Fbrights-passage-joshs-debut-novel-in-stores-june-28th%2F&rct=j&q=josh%20ritter%20bright%27s%20passage&ei=UdqATc3hBM6TtwfCsoHWCA&usg=AFQjCNFaRCvuL2-f18rPzft0xg1SBNYEWA&cad=rja"><em>Bright's Passage</em></a> as part of <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive">SXSW Interactive</a>. I'll try and get audio from that conversation, but for now you can download the first chapter of his book at <a href="http://joshritter.com/2011/03/03/brights-passage-joshs-debut-novel-in-stores-june-28th/">his website</a>.</p><p>When night fell I set out to see a few shows. Here's what I saw.</p><iframe title="YouTube video player" width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b_yAViABNqg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>I only caught a few songs by The Boxing Lesson, but I liked what I heard. If you look closely on the left, the keyboard player had some awesome vintage gear.</p><iframe title="YouTube video player" width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AeJdR7-P5WI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>For all my love of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129383450">Lost in the Trees</a>, (their album was on my best of list last year and I loved our <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129980195">Tiny Desk Concert</a>) I've never seen this band on stage till tonight. And despite the nuttiness of SXSW concerts (usually there isn't much of a soundcheck and the sets are short) it was still a delight to hear them. I invited a few musicians to come and hear Lost in the Trees and by the end of the show Josh Ritter and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17081755">Adam Arcuragi</a> were loving this band too. That was my evening's highlight.</p><p>We'd played a song by the Scottish group Admiral Fallow on <em>All Songs</em> during <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/03/14/134236667/the-austin-100-about-npr-musics-sxsw-2011-sampler?print=1">our preview show</a>. Here's a clip of their set at Bat Bar:</p><iframe title="YouTube video player" width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bQFTvx9pva0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>Then I took a chance on a band that a fan told me to check out. Their name was De Juepuchas! They're from Colombia. I was in the men's room when the duo took the stage. A text from a friend simply said, "They are dressed up as bananas." This may be the best text message I get all week.</p><iframe title="YouTube video player" width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gSYQaezjkhw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. </p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/all-songs-considered-blog/2011-03-16/minutes-sxsw-2011-tuesday-videos-83810